Doug Glass – Owner, designer, and product developer for Mota Skates has officially exited the traditional process of making roller skates. Doug’s passion for boot making dates back to his competitive run in the 70’s all the way through early 1990’s. In an effort to find a way to make his skating experience better than what was being provided to him, he opened up his own boots and modified them to fit and perform better than standard boots off the shelf. He later had the opportunity to craft his own inline boot. From the molding process, to the upper and successfully skating in his own handmade creation, Doug started his own boot company with his wife to-be, Julie Brandt Glass (AKA Mota Matrix formerly known as Atomatrix) in Huntington Beach, California back in 1997.
“I am thrilled to be able to live my own dream, and for the past 20 years, designing roller skate boots and its components. Transitioning from a competitive skater to a small business owner has been a very bitter sweet yet rewarding process. You learn a lot along the way!
My most recent development is the most rewarding of all. With the continued evolution of roller derby and maturity of the sport worldwide, it makes sense that the boot also evolves. Quad speed skating as a sport that died during the surge of inline skating (Rollerblading). Most branded skate companies shifted their resources over to inline technologies. However, the huge resurgence of quad via roller derby over the past 10 years has changed the game. Roller derby has been maturing as a sport for years. Over the past few years it has become stable and viable enough that several brands have committed to providing skaters with products that specifically cater to improvement through the technology of its components. This takes risks and research. We have hit the mark – we are excited about our new Smart-fit technology. We find it to be magical and for that reason alone we named our boots MOJO!”
– Doug Glass